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The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 3 April 1955 (Japan)
Charles returns to Paris to reminisce about the life he led in Paris after it was liberated. He worked on "Stars and Stripes" when he met Marion and Helen. He would marry and be happy ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Julius J. Epstein (screenplay), Philip G. Epstein (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Helen Ellswirth
Van Johnson ... Charles Wills
Walter Pidgeon ... James Ellswirth
Donna Reed ... Marion Ellswirth
Eva Gabor ... Lorraine Quarl
Kurt Kasznar ... Maurice
George Dolenz ... Claude Matine
Roger Moore ... Paul
Sandy Descher ... Vicki
Celia Lovsky ... Mama
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Barney
John Doucette ... Campbell
Odette Myrtil ... Singer (as Odette)
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Storyline

Charles returns to Paris to reminisce about the life he led in Paris after it was liberated. He worked on "Stars and Stripes" when he met Marion and Helen. He would marry and be happy staying in Paris after his discharge and working for a news organization. He would try to write his great novel and that would come between Charlie, his wife, and his daughter. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Babylon Revisited See more »

Filming Locations:

Nice, France See more »

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Budget:

$1,960,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Perspecta Sound) (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

February and May 1954"Hollywood Reporter" news items include Carlos Thompson and Murray Pollack in the cast, but their appearance in the final movie has not been confirmed. See more »

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When Helen tells Charlie that they should go home to the USA, in one shot Charlie is facing her and grabs her upper arms, and in the next he is no longer holding her arms and is off to her right. See more »

Quotes

James Ellswirth: Helen tells me that you're a very serious-minded man, hard-working, industrious.
Charles Wills: Well I try to be sir.
James Ellswirth: I tell you frankly, these were not the qualities I'd hoped for in a son-in-law.
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Referenced in Biography: Roger Moore: A Matter of Class (1995) See more »

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The Last Time I Saw Paris
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Odette Myrtil
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The only thing tragic about this tragedy is Van Johnson's acting
16 September 2001 | by stills-6See all my reviews

What a terrible case of bad casting. Van Johnson has the emotional range of Herbie the Love Bug. There is no chemistry between him and Taylor, who is as gorgeous as ever and makes you wonder why SHE could fall so hard for HIM. Why in the HELL is HE in this movie!!

The rest of the cast is near perfect by comparison. The story... er, well... it's terribly contrived and predictable. Aside from Johnson making his character a big baby, I could follow most of it with my disbelief suspended. This role calls for someone who 1) is loveable, 2) is a rake, 3) is a believeable drunk, 4) is physically at least half as attractive as Taylor, and lastly, 5) can act worth a damn. Needless to say, the person they chose fits none of these characteristics. William Holden would have been perfect in this role. I'd like to hear the back story of how Johnson got the part, because he must have been blackmailing someone.


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